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Callie Hermanson Welcome to northern Alberta! It’s no secret that this little place lies north of just about everything. With four diverse seasons, it’s important to know how to dress for peak comfort while embracing your most trendy inner-self. From…

Jeff Burgar So, go start some local clubs to raise money to help balance government budgets? That was sort of the idea, as reported last week in this newspaper, suggested by one of the regulars at Angie Walker’s coffee shop…
Was it need or was it politics?

Two years ago when I began writing and lobbying of the need for renal dialysis service, there was a strategy. I predicted to George Keay, Diana Oliver, some local politicians and members of local Diabetes Advocacy Management Group, this was…

For too long, the working people of Alberta’s resource towns like High Prairie haven’t had a real voice in the political decisions directly affecting their lives, and livelihoods – about pipeline projects, new mines, forestry tenures. That’s not only a…

Joe McWilliams Play to your strengths, they say! Around here, it’s fishing. Fishing and camping, let’s say. If you want to promote more tourist visits, those would seem to be the sensible areas of focus. Lesser Slave Lake comes rather…

Jeff Burgar Politicians and governments are often said they are unable to think clearly about money: “They don’t have an income problem. They have a spending problem.” High Prairie town council, dealing with its “brand new recreation department” can be…
So much expertise to share

A young lady I know is studying for her driver’s test. It can be a stressful experience. Being the good fellow I am, I decided to help her with a few questions. Enjoy! 1. You get caught in a traffic…

Jeff Burgar People running businesses can go around all day turning off lights, turning down heat, turning off air conditioning depending on the season, phoning instead of travelling, buying cheaper paper for the copier, and so on and so on,…
Hey, I couldn’t have done any better!

High Prairie’s rebranding committee has come up with three potential slogans or taglines – whatever you want to call them. They are: Heart of Big Lakes. Catch the Spirit. Light it Up. The committee certainly could have done worse. These…

Tom Henihan United Conservative party Leader Jason Kenney condemns anyone who has attempted to resolve Alberta’s pipeline impasse between the federal government, the Government of B.C. and the environmental movement. The anti-pipeline expansion activists are OK with oil flowing into…

Jeff Burgar Is it worth the trouble to get a bunch of trucks, or tractors, or whatever might be related to the “gripe of the month”, a bunch of signs, and of course, parading people to try to get a…
Is enhanced policing on chopping block?

High Prairie town council is struggling to make ends meet. No matter how anyone sugar coats it, taxes are high, and council wants no part of an increase. So the question is what to cut. It’s not an easy task.…

Jeff Burgar I enjoyed the CBC-TV news report on Edmonton’s New Year’s Eve fireworks. In case you missed this job of on-the-spot reporting, the CBC story all had to do with the City of Edmonton rescheduling its annual fireworks show.…

Jeff Burgar Don’t expect to hear much about “Dutch disease” in the coming weeks from our Alberta election candidates. “Dutch disease” is a term coined back in 1977. It’s used to describe problems caused by sudden, and huge, inflows of…